Mayor, City of Fremont, California
Title: Smart City Initiative Projects in the City of Fremont
Mayor Lily Mei grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Drexel University. Her
diverse professional experience includes over 20 years in competitive analysis,
product and channel management, supply chain practices and serving as a
worldwide sales operations controller. Most recently she led a global
high-technology trade association representing industry leaders to develop best
practices to advance intellectual property protection.
At the state level, Mayor Mei was the President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA) for California. During her tenure, Mayor Mei worked to ensure APISBMA’s active participation on California School Board Association’s Council of Presidents to strengthen their partnership with ethnic school board member associations statewide. Regionally in the Bay area, Mayor Mei was elected by surrounding local school districts to two terms as a Delegate Assembly member for Region 7 which represents Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Mayor, City of Newark, California
Title: Welcome Message from City Mayor of Newark
Mayor Alan L. Nagy was first elected to the Newark City Council in April of
1980. He has served continuously since then and was elected Mayor in 2011. Mayor
Nagy worked for 45 years at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park,
California. His work experience included Project Manager and Director of MIS. He
retired from SRI in 2016. He is an active Newark community volunteer and has
served as Chairman of the Washington Township Hospital Development Corporation,
Treasurer of the Newark Library League and Charter Organization Representative
of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Graffiti Abatement
group cleaning up graffiti all over town. He is a Founding member of the Viola
Blythe Community Service Center and a Board Member of the Washington Township
Museum of Local History.
Mayor Nagy has received the Distinguished Service Award for Community Service, is a JCI Senator and Life Member of the U.S. Jaycees. He was Newark’s Volunteer of the year in 2009. He has repeatedly been voted Newark’s Best Elected Official. He believes that “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life!".
Vice Mayor, Town of Los Altos Hills, California
Title: Findings on digital transformation in small rural communities
Michelle Wu currently is serving as the vice mayor of Los Altos Hills after
being a resident of Los Altos Hills for 22 years. Passionate and deeply
connected with the community, in 2016 she was elected to be a city council
member of Los Altos Hills. Soon after the election, she created the Emerging
Tech Ad Hoc Committee to promote technologies such as broadband infrastructure,
smart city, smart home, autonomous driving car, and IoT in her semi-rural
community. Her latest startup creation is Gigabot5G.com, aiming to bring 5G to
rural communities in California.
Prior to serving on Los Altos Hills city council, she started her high tech career being a system software developer at Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. She is the cofounder of Voicent Communications - a business communication automation software product development company. As a 20+ years Silicon Valley high-tech veteran, Michelle strives for creative and sustainable solutions. With MSCS, MSEE and BSEE degrees, her engineering education has taught her analytical reasoning and logical thought processes. Her business management trainings and experiences let her understand complex issues and strategic decision making. With her startup experience, Michelle continues her entrepreneurial journey in technology innovation and creation. Now as a public policy maker, she adopts holistic approach to problem solving, defines rules and regulations with fairness and justice in mind.
National Taiwan University / Former Minister of the Interior of the Republic of China
Title: Smart City and Smart Government
Hong-Yuan Lee is Professor of Hydraulic Engineering in the Department of Civil
Engineering at National Taiwan University. He is former Minister of the Interior
of Taiwan, Republic of China, serving from 2012 until 2014. He also is the
former Taiwan Minister of the Public Construction Commission and Deputy
Magistrate of Taipei County, Taiwan. In addition, he is Visiting Professor of
UNESCO-IHE, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, and Hohai University. He
served as Commissioner of the Water Resources Department of the Taiwan
Provincial Government from 1997-1999.
Recipient of two degrees from the University of Iowa (MS 1982, PhD 1984 in Civil and Environmental Engineering), Dr. Lee has been engaged in advising and project implementation and consultancy in the fields of water engineering for many organizations globally. In the past 22 years, he has devoted himself to the promotion of sustainable development. Dr. Lee has gained international experience of case exploration and management in the area of water, environment, and urban infrastructure constitution. In 1996, the year in which Taiwan was hit by the typhoon Herb, Dr. Lee published his viewpoint against the inappropriate hydraulic policy of Taiwan. His incisive analysis won the appreciation of Song Chuyu, then Governor of Taiwan Province. Dr. Lee later was appointed to be the first Commissioner of the Water Resources Department of Taiwan Province.
Former Mayor, City El Centro / El Centro City Council
Bio: Alex Cardenas was born in El Centro, California in 1971. He was raised in El Centro where he attended local schools and graduated from Central Union High School in 1989. Alex has a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. Alex Cardenas is the Executive Director for Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA) of Imperial County. Additionally, he is Lead Faculty Area Chair for the School of Business with University of Phoenix at the El Centro Campus. Alex Cardenas was elected to the El Centro City Council in 2013 and is currently assigned to numerous community task forces that include Friends of Community Services Foundation, Public Library, El Centro Public Safety and Imperial County Film Commission. Alex Cardenas is married to Brandie Cardenas and has two children Jason and Valerie Cardenas.
VP and CIO San Jose State University / Honorary Chair of IEEE SOSE 2019 and Summit
Title: Welcome from IEEE Joint Conferences
Bio: Appointed in 2017, Bob H. Lim brings to San Jose State significant expertise in all aspects of planning, implementing and sustaining enterprise-level information technology and computing services; and a strong track record of utilizing technology in the service of students, faculty and the wider university community. He previously served as chief information officer for the University of Kansas, the University of Texas-Pan American, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He holds a bachelor’s in international business from San Francisco State University and an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College.
President and Chief Executive Officer, IVEDC, Imperial County, California
Bio: Tim is the President of Team California, a statewide organization to promote trade and economic development in California; he serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED); Tim is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center San Diego; a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce San Diego-Imperial District Export Council; and a member of the Board of Directors of CleanTECH San Diego, as well as, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Tim is also active in service organizations in Imperial Valley. Tim is the President of the Imperial Valley Community Foundation, a member of the Brawley Rotary Club, serves on the Board of Directors of Brawley Community Foundation and is responsible for the Imperial Regional Alliance, Inc. and Southern Low Desert Resource Conservation & Development Council, all organizations for sustainable economic prosperity of the region. Tim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Arts and Sciences from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.
Title: Beagle: A New Framework for Smart Contracts Taking Account of Law
Bio: Wei-Tek Tsai is currently Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China. He is also Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA. He received his S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA in 1979, and Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and 1986 respectively. He has worked in software engineering, computer networks, service computing, and blockchains. Currently, Honorable Chair, MIIT CCID Blockchain Research Center, Qingdao, China， 2017-2020; Chief Scientist, Blockchain Ecosystem Alliance; Scientific Adviser of UCL CBT (Center for Blockchain Technology); Director of Digital Society & Blockchain Laboratory, Beihang University, 2015-present.
Title: Predictive Maintenance for Water Utilities
Bio: Alexandrina has worked at Google for 6+ years and is presently a Customer Engineer on the Google Cloud Public Sector team where she is focusing on exploring using IoT, Machine Learning, and Big Data cloud technology to help Government organizations solve challenges in areas of sustainability. Some of her present areas of interest are smart buildings, regenerative cities, public utilities, city public data, and IoT in permaculture and ecobuilding.
Co-Founder, Near Protocol
Bio: Alex is a co-founder of Near Protocol. Alex started his career at Microsoft in 2009, which he left to join MemSQL as the engineer #1 in 2011. At MemSQL Alex was driving the initial sharding implementation, as well as several other core engine components.
Title: Enterprise Machine Learning Use-Cases for Smart Cities
Bio: Amit Nagar is the Head of Data Science and Machine Learning group at SAP’s Innovative Business Solutions Organization (IBS). He received M.S (1988) in Operations Research and Ph.D. (1993) in Decision Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. Dr. Nagar has published in numerous refereed journals and has been awarded five U.S. patents. Over his 20 years of experience at SAP, Dr. Nagar has served in various capabilities such as software development, consulting, and management. His academic background and experience in enterprise application development uniquely positions him to build solutions in the area of Data Science and Machine Learning and help customers leverage their data assets. In his current role as the Head of IBS Data Science group, Dr. Nagar leads a group of Data Scientists recruited from premier institutions across the country. His team has been involved in developing and delivering various facets of Data Science and Machine Learning solutions to several national and multi-national corporations.
CTO and Co-Founder, Mist Systems
Title: Leveraging AI to Improve Mobile Experiences for Citizens, Employees and Guests
Bob Friday is CTO and co-founder of Mist, a pioneer
in smart wireless networking for the smart device era.
Bob started his career in wireless at Metricom (Ricochet wireless network) developing and deploying wireless mesh networks across the country to connect the first generation of Internet browsers. Following Metricom, Bob co-founded Airespace, a start-up focused on helping enterprises manage the flood of employees bringing unlicensed Wi-Fi technology into their businesses. Following Cisco’s acquisition of Airespace in 2005, Bob became the VP/CTO of Cisco enterprise mobility and drove mobility strategy and investments in the wireless business (e.g. Navini, Cognio, ThinkSmart, Phunware, Wilocity, Meraki). He also drove industry standards such as Hot Spot 2.0 and market efforts such as Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience. He holds more than 15 patents.
PhD.Director, AI and Robotics Applications, Cloudminds Technology
Title: Cloud Robotics for Smart Cities
Bio: Charles Jankowski has 30 years experience in both academia and industry developing algorithms for and/or client-facing applications using advanced speech recognition, speaker verification, and natural language technologies. He used state-of-the-art machine learning processes and techniques for data analysis, performance optimization, and algorithm development. He used highly in-depth technical experience with state-of-the-art technologies, effective management of cross-functional teams for all facets of application deployment, and outstanding relationships with clients. Specialties: Deep Learning, NLP, Speech Science, Speaker Verification, Voice Biometrics, Machine Learning, Key Performance Indicators
General Partner, Proof of Capital
Title: Venture Capital: How a venture capital partner looks at the Blockchain market
Chris McCann is a General Partner at Proof of Capital, blockchain and data
focused venture capital fund. Chris was previously an early investor in 0x,
Binance, Solana, Republic Protocol and advisor to the HTC Exodus (world first
blockchain phone) & Dekrypt Capital. He also founded RelayNode, which is one of
the largest newsletters in the blockchain community covering events and
Formerly, Chris started and led the community program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco based venture capital firm with $3.5 billion under management, that is also an investor in Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Coinbase, etc. Before he joined the firm, he was the co-founder of StartupDigest (acquired by Techstars), and was an early advisor for the Thiel Fellowship & StartX at Stanford University.
Title: Enterprise Machine Learning Use-Cases for Smart Cities
Bio: David is a Developer Programs Engineer for Google Cloud BigData and Machine Learning. He is interested in the use of these technologies to have a more sustainable future. He is currently exploring land cover classification, palm oil land cover changes, predictive maintenance for public utilities, sustainable building materials and techniques, and a permaculture plant database.
Smart Tech Research Center, San Jose State University
Title: Illegal Dumping Detection and Service Using Machine Learning and Big Data
Bio: Hyeran Jeon joined San Jose State University in August, 2015. Her research interests include reliable and energy efficient throughput processor design, software and hardware interaction, and emerging memory and storage systems design. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 2015. She spent her summer at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and the fall at AMD Research as a research intern in 2012. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as a systems software engineer at Samsung Electronics, Korea from 2002 to 2009. Hyeran obtained her MS from Georgia Institute of Technology and Korea University in 2008, and BS from Pusan National University, Korea in 2002. She received Viterbi dean’s doctoral fellowship from the University of Southern California.
Computer Scientist, NIST
Title: The Fundamental Theory Behind the Internet of Things(IoT)
Bio: Jeffrey Voas is an innovator. He is currently a computer scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Before joining NIST, Voas was an entrepreneur and co-founded Cigital that is now part of Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS). He has served as the IEEE Reliability Society President (2003-2005, 2009-2010, 2017-2018), and served as an IEEE Director (2011-2012). Voas co-authored two John Wiley books (Software Assessment: Reliability, Safety, and Testability  and Software Fault Injection: Inoculating Software Against Errors . Voas received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Tulane University (1985), and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the College of William and Mary (1986, 1990 respectively). Voas is a Fellow of the IEEE, member of Eta Kappa Nu, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and member of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS).
San Jose State University, Director of STCCS Research Center / IEEE Conference Joint Steering Board and Hosting Chair
Title 1: Smart City and Smart Government
Title 2: Green IoT-Based Emergency Warning Sensor Cloud for Nature Disasters
Bio: Jerry Zeyu Gao is a professor at the Department of Computer Engineering at San Jose State University. Now, he is the director of SJSU research center on Smart Technology, Computing, and Complex Systems. He had over 20 years of academic research and teaching experience and over 10 years of industry working and management experience on software engineering and IT development applications. He has published three technical books and over hundreds (200) publications in IEEE/ACM journals, magazines, International conferences and workshops. His current research areas include smart cities, big data analytics, cloud computing, TaaS, software engineering, test automation, and mobile cloud services. In 2010, Jerry Gao has been recognized by University of Texas at Arlington as a distinguished Alumna.
Smart Tech Research Center, San Jose State University
Title: Edge Computing and Infrastructure for Smart Cities
Bio: Kaikai Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering since August 2015. His research interests include Mobile and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Smart and Intelligent Systems, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Software-Defined Computing and Networking. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conference proceedings, 1 book, and holds 4 patents (licensed by three companies). He developed several prototype systems from scratch, for example, emergency communication system for smart city, Ultra-wideband communication and detection for search and rescue victims, indoor localization and navigation for the disabled. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at UF (four times), the Apple WWDC Scholarship (2013 and 2014), the Innovator Award from the Office of Technology Licensing at UF (2014), the Top Team Award at NSF I-Corps Winter Cohort (Bay area, 2015), the 2015 Gator Engineering Attribute Award for Creativity at UF, IEEE SWC 2017 Best Paper Award, IEEE SECON 2016 Best Paper Award, ACM SenSys 2016 Best Demo - Runner up, 2016 CoE Kordestani Endowed Research Professor, 2017 and 2018 CoE Research Professor Award. He served as the TPC member and technical reviewers for many IEEE/ACM conferences and journals.
Title: Blockchain Beyond The Hype: Concepts and Industry Applications
Bio: Kaladhar Voruganti is VP Technology Innovation and Senior Fellow at Equinix. He is actively working on distributed AI/Analytics and Blockchain architectures. He previously worked at IBM Research Lab and NetApp Advanced Technology Lab. He obtained his BSc in Computer Engineering and PhD in Computing Science from University of Alberta, Canada. He has 70 patents filed/issued in the areas of network and storage systems.
Chief AI Officer, Citadel
Title: AI Modeling
Deng has been the Chief Artificial Intelligence
Officer of Citadel since May 2017. Prior to Citadel, he was the Chief Scientist
of AI, the founder of Deep Learning Technology Center, and Partner Research
Manager at Microsoft (2000-17). Prior to Microsoft, he was tenured full
professor (1989-99) at University of Waterloo, Canada as well as holding
teaching/research positions at MIT (Cambridge, 1992-93), ATR (Kyoto, Japan,
1997-98), and HKUST (Hong Kong, 1995). He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2004), Fellow
of the Acoustical Soc. America (1993), & Fellow of the ISCA (2011). He has been
Affiliate Professor at University of Washington, Seattle since 2000.
He was elected to Board of Governors of IEEE Signal Processing Society, and was Editors-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine & IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech & Language Processing (2008-2014), for which he received IEEE SPS Meritorious Service Award. In recognition of the pioneering work on disrupting speech recognition industry using large-scale deep learning, he received the 2015 IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Automatic Speech Recognition & Deep Learning”. He also received numerous best paper and patent awards for the contributions to artificial intelligence, machine learning, information retrieval, multimedia signal processing, speech processing/recognition, and human language technology. He is an author or co-author of six technical books on deep learning, speech processing, pattern recognition and machine learning, and natural language processing.
Industry Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan
Title: Smart City Technology in Taiwan
Bio: Ming-Shan Jeng is a Senior Principal Researcher from the Green Energy & Environment Research Laboratories in the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1992 from National Cheng-Kung University and joined ITRI in 1993. He has more than 20 years of experience in energy-related researches, including solar energy, hydrogen energy, thermoelectric materials, LED lighting, and HVAC system technology. He has more than 100 publications and 30 patents in these areas. Dr. Jeng is currently the division director of the Intelligent Energy-Saving Systems Division in GEL/ITRI and leads several the Intelligent Energy-Saving Systems Division in GEL/ITRI and leads several pioneer projects in smart green buildings and solid-state lighting.
Director of Product Management – Blockchain Products, VMware
Title: Blockchain – From Conception to Production
Bio: Natalie Charlton is a product and business leader with 20 years of experience in designing, building, launching, and managing new SaaS and PaaS products, as well as building and scaling businesses around new products. In her current role, Natalie leads cross-functional teams that design, build, launch, and manage Blockchain-based products at VMware. In her prior role at Cisco, she managed a portfolio of SaaS and PaaS Blockchain-based products and led new product development through all stages from idea generation to commercialization.
Co-Founder and CTO of Edgetic
Title: Data Center Growth, Challenges, and Inefficiencies in a Connected World
Dr. Paul Townend is co-founder and CTO of Edgetic, an early-stage technology
company developing AI/ML solutions for improving throughput and reducing cost in
the data center industry. His team specialises in taking a holistic approach to
data center systems, with scheduling decisions made based on reasoning across
hardware, software, and environmental conditions.
From 2004-2017, Paul was Team Leader of the Distributed Systems and Services Group at the University of Leeds, UK, and lead architect and co-author of over $5 million in successful research projects. He has authored over 70 internationally peer-reviewed papers and articles and has been cited over 1000 times. His interests span a wide range of topics within the Distributed Systems domain, with an emphasis on Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Decision Support, Energy-efficient Computing, and Dependability.
Title: Boson Consensus: A Decentralized, Secure, and Scalable Blockchain Sharding Consensus
Bio: Dr. Qi Zhou is the Founder and CEO of QuarkChain. Qi Zhou received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Qi Zhou was a former software engineerer at Google, Facebook, and DSSD, a unicore acquired by EMC. Qi Zhou has extensive experience in high-performance and distriburbed systems. He was a key engineer in a billion-dollar project, designed and implemented high-performance atomic transactions across multiple nodes, and improves the key performance of the systems by 10X. Qi Zhou is a blockchain enthusiast. He published more than 10 articles in a wide-range of blockchain topics including blockchain sharding, multi-native tokens, hardware-resistent hash algorithms, proof of staked work, and hashpower reuse technique.
Title: Recent Advances in Networking and their Impact on Smart Cities
Bio: Raj Jain is the Barbara J. and Jerome R. Cox, Jr., Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he was one of the Cofounders of Nayna Networks, Inc - a next-generation telecommunications systems company in San Jose, CA. Dr. Jain has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and computer science from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, AAAS, and Academy of Science St. Louis. He is the recipient of 2017 ACM SIGCOMM award and numerous other awards. With 30,000+ citations according to Google Scholar, he is one of the most cited authors in computer science. Further information is at http://www.cse.wustl.edu/~jain/
CEO, Harmony One
Bio: Stephen graduated with a doctoral degree in security protocols and compiler verification from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a researcher at Microsoft Research, a senior infrastructure engineer at Google, and a principal engineer for search ranking at Apple.
Florida Atlantic University
Taghi M. Khoshgoftaar, M.S., Ph.D. is Motorola Endowed Chair professor of the
Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Florida
Atlantic University and the Director of National Science Foundation Big Data
Training and Research Laboratory. Dr. Khoshgoftaar brings world-class assets and
expertise in Big Data, Advanced Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence to the
Dr. Khoshgoftaar’s research interests are in big data analytics, data mining and machine learning, health informatics and bioinformatics, social network mining, and software engineering. He has published more than 500 refereed journal and conference papers in these areas. Dr. Khoshgoftaar was the conference chair of the IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA 2016). He was also the conference chair of the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE 2014).
Dr. Khoshgoftaar is the Co-Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Big Data. He has served on organizing and technical program committees of various international conferences, symposia, and workshops. Dr. Khoshgoftaar has also served as North American Editor of the Software Quality Journal, and he was on the editorial boards of the journals Multimedia Tools and Applications, Knowledge and Information Systems, and Empirical Software Engineering. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Software Quality, Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, and Social Network Analysis and Mining.
Cloud AI, Google
Title: From Insights to Solutions -- Research and the AI Journey
Bio: Tomas Pfister is a Research Lead at Google Cloud AI. He came to Google from Apple where he cofounded Apple's new central research group for Artificial Intelligence. He published Apple’s first research paper and won the Best Paper Award at CVPR, one of the most prestigious awards in AI. Tomas’ key scientific achievements have been proposing a method to improve the realism of synthetic images; developing the first automated method to detect facial micro-expressions; and inventing a new way for neural networks to exploit spatiotemporal structure. His research has laid the foundation for several applications such as Face ID in iPhone X, autonomous driving, human pose estimation, detecting facial micro-expressions & translating sign language. Tomas did his PhD in deep learning with Prof Andrew Zisserman at Oxford University and bachelor’s degree in computer science at Cambridge University. He is the recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30 award, and has received over 40 research awards, including 3 best paper awards, with numerous publications in top AI research venues. His work has been frequently featured in mainstream media, including Forbes, BusinessInsider & Wired, as well as in Apple's inaugural Machine Learning Journal post.
Co-founder, Celer Network
Bio: Xiaozhou is co-founder of Celer Network. He enjoys building high-performance and cost-efficient systems. His works have been published at top venues in distributed systems, networking, storage, and data management, and have become core components of widely deployed systems including Barefoot Deep Insight, Google TensorFlow, and Intel DPDK. Xiaozhou received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University.
CEO/Co-founder, Trade Terminal
Bio: Yao Meng is the CEO / Co-founder of Trade Terminal. Dabbled in bitcoin and digital assets since 2011, mining farm owner in 2012, ASIC miner supplier in 2013, HFT and Algorithmic trader since 2014.